TV: League Pass
- Wizards rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal (left ankle sprain) will miss his fourth straight game, but coach Randy Wittman says he remains “day-to-day. It could be a day, it could be a week. We’ll just have to wait and see.” The third overall pick in the NBA Draft — and Washington’s leading scorer at 14.2 points per game — was injured on March 3 against Philadelphia. Third-year pro Garrett Temple makes his second consecutive start in Beal’s spot.
- With Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain) out for the next 3-4 weeks, Shaun Livingston will fill in as the starter. Livingston, who was claimed off waivers from the Wizards on Dec. 25, is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 assists in 31 games with Cleveland. “Shaun did an unbelievable job in the three games he started when Kyrie was out before,” coach Byron Scott said. “And I think he’ll do an unbelievable job for the next month.”
- Irving suffered an acromioclavicular sprain Sunday in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 100-96 loss in Toronto. The NBA All-Star and reigning Rookie of the Year was hurt when he collided with Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas on a drive to the basket. Cleveland is 4-10 this season and 8-21 all-time without Irving. “Everyone understands they have to pick up their intensity and level of play without Kyrie,” Scott said.
- The Wizards’ starters are point guard John Wall, Temple, small forward Martell Webster, power forward Nene, and center Emeka Okafor. Cleveland’s lineup is Livingston, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller.
- Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) is active for the first time since Feb. 20. The native of Israel was stricken with appendicitis on Feb. 23, just before Cleveland’s game in Orlando. Casspi has not played since Feb. 6 against Charlotte and has not scored since Jan. 22 against Boston.
- Inactive for the Cavaliers are Irving and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery), while not in uniform for the Wizards are Beal and shooting guard Leandro Barbosa (left anterior cruciate ligament tear).
- Cleveland is 2-0 against Washington heading into their third and final matchup tonight. The Cavaliers are seeking their first season sweep in the series since 1991-1992, when the Wizards were known as the Washington Bullets.
– Brian Dulik